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The Faculty Senate, a governmental body composed of faculty members from different departments, has updated the parental leave policy for Trinity academic faculty. The new policy went into effect this spring. According to Pamela Johnston, assistant vice president for Human Resources, the changes extend the amount of time given to faculty members. “The previous policy guaranteed eight weeks of paid leave but gave up to a semester depending on the circumstances,” Johnston said. “The new policy gives a...

The university has formed a committee to oversee and plan a yearlong celebration of Trinity’s 150th anniversary. Angela Breidenstein, professor of education, co-chairs the 150th Anniversary Steering Committee along with Jacob Tingle, director of experiential learning. According to Breidenstein, the committee maintains a community-based approach to planning events for the sesquicentennial celebration, which is based around the slogan, “Commemorate, Elevate, Create.” “Instead of our committee saying, ‘Here are all of the events of the 150th celebration,’...

Trinity University was founded in 1869, and Fiesta began in San Antonio not long after in 1891. Fiesta originated as Fiesta San Jacinto, a salute to the heroes of the Alamo and San Jacinto battles. Since then it has morphed into something entirely its own — a 10-day extravaganza when San Antonio residents have the opportunity to come together and celebrate the city’s vibrant culture. Over the years, the way that the Trinity community has interacted...

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On Saturday, March 24, I participated in March For Our Lives along with members of Trinity Progressives and other members of the Trinity community. MFOL was pioneered by Parkland students activists such as Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg to protest gun violence and commemorate the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting. Overall, the march was a positive experience. San Antonio citizens came together, holding signs with slogans like “Books Not Bullets” and “Make America Safe Again.” Some people were...

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The Academic Honor Council is considering an amendment to the Academic Honor Code that would reduce the severity of the most serious punishment for first offenses. The change would only go into effect if a faculty assembly votes to pass the amendment in mid-April. Currently, the honor code has four classes of violations: Class 1 for minor violations, Class 2 for moderate violations, Class 3 for substantial violations and Class 4 for major violations. However, the...

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Trinity University is in the process of being reaccredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Trinity has been accredited in San Antonio since Jan. 1, 1946, but every 10 years the university must go through a reaffirmation of accreditation. Accreditation ensures that the university’s quality of education and facilities are deemed up to standards by either a regional or national accrediting body. Accrediting bodies act as the mediator between a...

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Trinity will soon begin renovating Coates University Center in a collaborative effort involving many different Trinity offices, including Student Involvement and Counseling Services. The renovations start over spring break and will continue through the summer. The bookstore will move to the lobby area near the Commons, while Counseling Services will move to where Student Involvement is located now. Alli Roman, director of Diversity and Inclusion, is currently working from a single office inside Student Involvement....

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Most people know a few actions they can personally take to help the environment, whether it’s avoiding disposable plastic bottles or taking short showers. But what efforts are the Trinity and San Antonio communities at large taking to save the planet? Trinity faculty explain San Antonio’s green initiatives and the role the university has played in helping conserve. This January, the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) became the only water system in Texas to join the...